Hunt Initiation Log (Season 4)

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The purpose of the Hunt Initiation Log is to track the source of the hunts Sam and Dean Winchester undertake. Sometimes they find hunts themselves, sometimes other characters give them information. Some episodes are more personal, with no clear hunt. This provides one more means of analyzing the characters. For example, it reveals that while Dean is the quintessential hunter of the family, Sam actually more often instigates the hunts, and that Sam gradually takes a more active role in that regard.

The Hunt Initiation Log has been divided up into seasons due to length:

4.01 Lazarus Rising

Comments: Dean wakes up in his own grave, four months after he was sent to Hell. After digging himself out and finding Bobby, he tracks down Sam - who is staying in a hotel with a girl not far from where Dean was buried. Dean is livid, thinking Sam has done something to get him out of Hell, but Sam assures him that's not the case - he's hunting migrant demons. Dean and Bobby decide to summon whatever pulled Dean out of Hell, while Sam continues to hunt the demons (trying to learn the same thing).

Dean gets a point for initiating the hunt to find whatever pulled him out; Sam gets one for being on a hunt before Dean and Bobby show up.

Initiator/Method: Dean/John's journal; Sam/tracking omens

Tally for 4.01: Dean 1; Sam 1

Tally, season to date: Dean 1; Sam 1

4.02 Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester

Comments: At Bobby's bidding, the boys investigate a hunter who has gone off the radar - an oddity, according to Bobby. They discover that she has been brutally murdered in her own home. Further investigation reveals that other hunters in the area have been killed in the same way.

Aside: This is an interesting hunt, because while Bobby definitely initiates it, it is Castiel who reveals what the MotW is (Lilith, with the raising of the witnesses). Whether this will become a regular occurrence is yet to be seen.

Initiator/method: Bobby/phone call

Tally for 4.02: Bobby 1

Tally, season to date: Dean 1; Sam 1; Bobby 1

4.03 In The Beginning

4.04 Metamorphosis

4.05 Monster Movie

4.06 Yellow Fever

4.07 It's The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

4.08 Wishful Thinking

4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer

4.10 Heaven And Hell